Arkyn
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Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 02:50
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
Hi folks.

I want to GM a game that tells a story I've been wanting to tell for more than a decade - now's the time!

Between JRR Tolkien's story of The Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings, the ancient Dwarf-home of Khazad-Dum, or Moria as it is sometimes called, is re-taken by Lord Balin, one of the Dwarves from The Hobbit.  By the time Frodo the Ringbearer passes through Moria, Balin and all dwarves in Moria had been killed.

But before that doom befell them, Balin must have sent at least one, or maybe several, scouting expeditions...

The story I want to tell is of one of those expeditions...

There's a few different ways to go about this, and that's what I want to IC before I start.
The simplest is that of an All-Dwarf, All-Male scouting party circa 2971 T.A. headed from Erebor to Khazad-Dum, and back again.

But there are several variations on that, starting as early as 2952 as a scout with Bofri on the Old Forest Road through Mirkwood; that could be open to all free folk, and all genders.

There are other vectors as well; like working with Frar into the Greydelve in 2956 or 2964, or the defense of the Mountain Hall in 2957.  I'm sure we can come up with others too.

What say you?

OCC: For system, I plan on using the 'Adventures in Middle Earth' system which is like a fun re-engineering of 5e to the Tolkien world.  It's really good, and I can help.  The key isn't the system, it's the story.  I'm going with a goal of 2-4 posts of quality per week.  So much depends on you.

At risk of repeating myself, I know Iíve been wanting to see this story told forever, and now is the time. But it has to be a story we tell together.  Make it easy on yourself: if youíre usually the kind of person who will post every other day, this is perfect for you.  If your mark is usually 1-2x a week or less, this is a bad fit. Donít change who you are for me.

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Lewnatic
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Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 12:22
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
(Repeated from Facebook comment concerning this campaign).

If you don't already have a lineup, I'd be willing to join as a player.  I'd have to do some thinking for a character, but I'd be interested to join in.

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Jarodemo
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Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 14:49
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
Interested... happy to go with whatever theme you go for.
locojedi
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Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 03:01
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
New "The One Ring" system coming out soon, but AiME still has the new car smell... would be nice to blow the dust off a barely opened cover!

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Arkyn
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Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 13:17
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
thx all.  I think with a smaller party I'd also want to start with a smaller scope, and lower in level, like maybe a 2nd or 3rd level start.
thattripletguy
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Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 19:05
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
I'd definitely be interested!
Arkyn
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Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 12:06
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
We're getting closer.  Anyone has a though about my hoped-for restrictions on all male all dwarf? Too restrictive? Or better to start mixed group /lower level & ease into the setting?
Jarodemo
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Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 12:48
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
In reply to Arkyn (msg # 7):

Honestly, I would say that as you are the GM it has to be a game that enthuses you. You will find a group of players no matter what you go for, and I'm happy to go for a dwarf or a not-a-dwarf depending upon the setting. So work out what concept you most want to run and go for it!!!
Arkyn
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Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 12:53
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
^--- Solid advice right there.

but we all know pbp - it's a challenging beast.

rn, I'm leaning starting smaller, and mixed, and build up to Moria.  Am still checking interest, but hopefully a next week start is in order!!
Jarodemo
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Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 14:53
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
In reply to Arkyn (msg # 9):

Sounds good!

Maybe as a compromise suggest a mainly dwarf group but maybe a couple of non-dwarves with a good reason for being there... So maybe 3-4 dwarves plus 1-2 others (probably men or hobbits). I guess it also depends on how many PCs you want (you can always add a few NPC dwarves to bulk out the party if needed).
Lewnatic
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Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 02:16
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
I'd agree with Jarodemo's comments.  Ultimately, it's up to you, Arkyn, what you want the general composition to be.  That said, I'm fine with either a dwarf or non-dwarf.  My really basic character concepts as they stand right now (I can give you more detail / make some adjustments this weekend):

I'm fine with either scenario.  Whatever you'd prefer, I can flesh out better, I just don't want to come up with more specifics for several characters, I don't have time for it (but I wish I did)! :)

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locojedi
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Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 07:53
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Lewnatic
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Tue 12 Oct 2021
at 02:27
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
How are we handling stats?  Are we rolling somewhere, doing standard array, or doing point buy?  I'm getting a couple builds using standard array and point buy to be ready, as well as a couple potential characters in mind (I'll send via DM's, my character concepts kept getting marked as "character calling").
Jarodemo
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Tue 12 Oct 2021
at 09:46
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
In reply to Lewnatic (msg # 13):

I guess whatever the GM decides. Once they launch the game hopefully all will be clear.

Personally I vote for 27-point buy, but that's just my opinion...
LordIce
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Tue 12 Oct 2021
at 14:41
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
Would be very excited to join your game.
flelm
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Tue 12 Oct 2021
at 17:16
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
I'd be very excited too to play. I have a campaign or two I'd like to run with AiME but I definitely need more experience as a player before I feel good taking that challenge.
Arkyn
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Wed 13 Oct 2021
at 20:54
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth

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Arkyn
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Thu 14 Oct 2021
at 11:56
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
In reply to flelm (msg # 16):

I understand that! I have just one; but while I could use/would like more, the time has come.  I hope to have stuff together today? But because of an evening work event, might be tomorrow.
Jarodemo
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Thu 14 Oct 2021
at 12:22
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
In reply to Arkyn (msg # 18):

Will look out for it!
Arkyn
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Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 20:32
IC : Adventures in Middle Earth
Based on feedback here, going to start earlier/lower-

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